- 4 days ago
We didn’t pay for transportation (I have a personal white vehicle I paid for a thorough cleaning lol). We didn’t do special chairs, and had plain white tableclothes. My shoes were maybe $10. We stayed with a wine & beer only bar. We didn’t have a DJ – our lovely MC was a friend of mine who we asked to press play on my iPod. I designed our invites and we had them printed locally for cheap. We had cupcakes that weren’t anything fancy (but were freakin’ delish). We didn’t do Save the Dates. No videographer. No ceremony programs.
We splurged on the venue, food, and photog. We had beautiful pictures & very nommy food. We did pick up the cost of the bridesmaids’ dresses & groomsmens’ tux rentals, as well as their first hotel night.
No regrets at all. For a 75 person wedding, we paid $11k at the end of it all.
One of the things that wasn’t cost related that we did cut a bit was the ceremony itself. Usually in my family/church they do either a candle lighting thing or a sand thing, and then tons of readings. We were outside in August, on a river. I cut all that out and got the ceremony down to less than 30 minutes. It was short, sweet, and then everyone could go get food & drink and cool down. We had a lot of people comment that they were glad it wasn’t an hour long ordeal – not that they would have necessarily cared or minded, but it was hot out, and it sped up the day to the relaxing portion. (Plus then I didn’t have to stand up there for too long, lol)